Friday, 29 April 2016

Romans In Ys

What do Roman soldiers do in Ys?

(i) They are barracked in Warriors' House.

(ii) On a rota, they guard the palace with Ysan marines because their centurion is now King.

(iii) The catechumen Budic visits the church where he finds the chorepiscopus entertaining his good friend, Queen Bodilis. She has ensured that the clergyman is well treated and has tried to get him elected to the Symposium because he and she:

"'...share love of books, art the wonders of earth and sea and heaven.'" (Roma Mater, p. 172)

This is a good example of a fruitful inter-faith exchange. (Someone from our meditation group occasionally attends a gathering of local Christians, Muslims etc. On such occasions, we learn to eat not sandwiches but samosas.)

(iv) Guided by a deckhand in the Ysan navy, Cynan and Arminius set off to walk by Aurochs Gate and Goose Fair to the inns in the Fishtail slum -

- interrupted!


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

You made a small error about Queen Bodilis in Point 3: it's
Bodilis, not "Bodiless." A term which reminded me of the Jack the Bodiless that we see in Julian May's Galactic Milieu stories.


Paul Shackley said...

That's not me! That's my friend's computer correcting my spelling.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Oops! My own spell checker has tried many times to get me to "correct" the many unusual words SF fans like us are fond of using. (Smiles)